Ben Gotschall (’02), “A Good Rooster Is Hard to Find”
Ben is a rancher, poet and hunter from Nebraska’s Holt County. A former NWU English professor, Ben is a pipeline outreach worker for Bold Nebraska. Learn about his work breeding and selling organic grass-fed jersey cattle at

Lane Hickenbottom, photographer “Lincoln Style Setters”
Lane’s work has appeared in Time’s Pictures of the Month, MSNBC’s Year in Pictures and on countless refrigerator doors across Nebraska. After shooting for newspapers for nearly a decade, Lane left a staff position to start Lane Photographics, a studio specializing in commercial, editorial and wedding photography. He lives in Omaha along with his wife, Sarah, and two extremely photogenic boys, Owen and Carson.

Natalie Swanda, illustrator “More than a Game”
Natalie Swanda is graphic designer in the university’s Marketing and Communications Office. A graduate of Concordia University-Nebraska, she is happy to have lived in Nebraska her whole life, though her travels have taken her to 45 states and five countries. When she’s not spending time with family and friends, you can find Natalie out photographing sunsets, baking (something chocolate, of course), reading or crafting. She is inspired by seeing the fingerprints of God in the world around her.

Alex Linden (’03), “Home and Away”
Alex has served as Nebraska Wesleyan University’s sports information director since 2007. The Holdrege, Neb., native earned his Nebraska Wesleyan degree in sports management and played football for the Prairie Wolves for three years. Before returning to Lincoln in 2007, Alex served stints as sports information director at Dakota Wesleyan University and assistant sports information director at Pittsburg State University.